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Overview

Introduction to West Hollywood, California

West Hollywood, California, in Los Angeles county, is 7 miles SW of Burbank, California (center to center) and 7 miles W of Los Angeles, California. The population swells during the night hours and on the weekends when residents from neighboring cities show up to enjoy the shops, restaurants and the entertainment. The Halloween and the Gay & Lesbian Pride Parade attract a huge crowd. The city includes a large number of gay-oriented businesses and is one of the prominent gay communities in the nation. West Hollywood also has a large Jewish population. It's a green community and known for being "pet friendly."

West Hollywood History

The Tongva Indians were the original inhabitants. Juan Cabrillo arrived during the late 18th century and claimed the area for Spain. By 1771 disease severely decimated the Indians. Most of the acreage became part of the Rancho La Brea. During the end of the 19th century the town of Sherman was founded. During these years the town began its reputation as being liquor friendly and slightly regulated.

The city later became known as West Hollywood in order to take advantage of the glamour associated with Hollywood. During the 1920s The Sunset Strip became filled with nightclubs and casinos. The town was often visited by well known movie stars. During the late 1960s the Sunset Strip became known for its hippie culture. Later, it became a prominent gay village.

West Hollywood Attractions and Activities

  • The well known Sunset Strip includes prominent boutiques, restaurants, rock clubs and night clubs. The strip is known for colorful billboards and is a popular destination for rock and movie stars.
  • The Roxy Theater is a famous nightclub which offers well known music performers.
  • The West Hollywood Halloween Carnival is regarded as one of the largest Halloween Street parties in the country.
  • Christopher Street West is a popular gay pride parade.
  • The Pacific Design Center is a unique looking building.
  • The portion of Santa Monica Boulevard from La Cienega Boulevard to Robertson Boulevard is often called "boys town" and is one of the world's most popular gay neighborhoods. It features numerous bars, restaurants and nightclubs.
  • The Sunset Marquis is a well known hotel which includes the famous Whisky Bar and a recording studio.
  • The western portion of Melrose Boulevard has a large number of popular clothing boutiques, antique stores, restaurants and interior design businesses.
  • The district near Fountain Avenue, Harper Avenue and Havenhusrt Drive features a collection of Spanish Revival and Art Deco style apartment buildings designed by prominent architects.
  • The city includes numerous popular spas.
  • The MAK Center at Schindler House features unique architecture.
  • Sunset Plaza offers chic boutiques and popular bistros.

The city features a large number of popular venues including the Comedy Store, Formosa Cafe, Hyatt West Hollywood, Barney's Beanery, Whisky a Go Go, The Troubadour, The Viper Room, Rainbow Bar and Grill and it offers well known restaurants such as Lucques, Ago and Morton's.

People

Total Population 35,332
Male Share of the Population 57.1%
Female Share of the Population 42.9%
Senior Citizens 14.8%
Employed Population 16+ 24,012
Age of the Population 41

Families

% of people married 22.9%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 62.6%
Median Earnings25+ $47,276
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $15,546
Median Earnings With High School Degree $35,170

Wealth

Median Family Income $80,325
% Above Poverty Level 84.7%
% Below Poverty Level 15.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 26 minutes
% Working from Home 12%
% Walking and Biking to Work 6.2%
% Using Public Transportation 3.6%

Housing

People Living Alone 60.2%
Median Gross Rent $1,399
Median House Value $620,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 31.2%
US/American 0.8%
English 8.4%
Irish 11.8%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

West Hollywood Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 7 miles SW of Burbank, California (center to center)
Nearest Large City 7 miles W of Los Angeles, California
County Los Angeles
Standard Zip Codes 90038, 90046, 90048, 90069
Phone Area Codes 323
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 34.09
Longitude -118.36

West Hollywood Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station LOS ANGELES DOWNTOWN USC
Distance 5.2 miles
Jan Temp 49 to 68 F
Apr Temp 54 to 73 F
Jul Temp 65 to 84 F
Oct Temp 60 to 79 F
Annual Precip 15.1 inches
Station U C L A
Distance 5.4 miles
Jan Temp 49 to 66 F
Apr Temp 53 to 69 F
Jul Temp 62 to 77 F
Oct Temp 59 to 75 F
Annual Precip 18.6 inches
Station PASADENA
Distance 12.8 miles
Jan Temp 44 to 68 F
Apr Temp 50 to 76 F
Jul Temp 61 to 89 F
Oct Temp 55 to 83 F
Annual Precip 21 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, West Hollywood, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Bicentennial (90048)

Briggs (90048)

Hollywood (90038)

Wilcox (90038)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Beverly Hills 34,663 $136,726
Burbank 104,725 $81,902
Culver City 39,469 $102,115
Glendale 196,984 $62,543
Los Angeles 3,900,794 $54,939
Santa Monica 92,169 $115,567

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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